It’s Opening Day at the new skatepark adjacent to the basketball courts in Thomas Jefferson Park, East Harlem.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, William Castro and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito invited the community to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the East Harlem Skatepark at Thomas Jefferson Park on Wednesday, November 8th.
Skateboarders and bladers were not waiting for the ceremonial ribbon to be cut, or for the people who made this possible to say a word or two. They were too busy grinding the rails, flipping their boards, and flying high off the clean new concrete ramps. Below are a few photos, letting the community know that this really was a good idea.
Funding for the Skatepark are from the City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office. Total funding appears to be $730,000. The Skatepark is located on the northeast corner of the park, at 114th Street and FDR Drive, adjacent to the basketball court.
While you’re there, take note of sculpture artist Melvin Edwards: Tomorrow’s Wind, installed as a permanent artwork in 1995 (below).
Follow the Skatepark on the Friends of Thomas Jefferson Park Facebook page.
See what else is going on in Harlem and East Harlem